Notice how Peter talks about Jesus: our God and Saviour. The righteousness of Jesus is the means of your salvation. With Jesus you have everything you need for life and godliness. Meditate over the connections between the attributes listed in verses 5-8.
In his second letter Peter gives us this very clear list. Each of these qualities can be layered in our lives, for each of us will have wrestled with them through our lives, and will continue to.
Because that is what Peter (and the Almighty God) encourages us to do.
“For if these qualities are yours and are increasing,”
Not just that we have the qualities, but that they are INCREASING!
There is much friction in increase. We cannot ride a bike for any distance without pumping our legs until they’re tired to gain movement and increase. We cannot know the depths of good bread-making without kneading the dough and getting our arms sore.
So we must wrestle with this list. Virtue. Knowledge. Self-control. Steadfastness. Godliness. Brotherly affection. Love.
Stitch it together with Paul’s list in Galatians 5:22-23 (they synchronise and are not dissonant).
Peter tells us that with these qualities we are effective and fruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If we have these qualities we are good soil!
* Father God,
You have given us Your word, please write it on our hearts this day.
Please help us Lord to take hold of Peter’s words here, to think seriously about the list that he gives, as it is from You.
And thank You for Peter’s wonderful words at the end of this passage. That he was convinced of the real and true nature of Your Word. Of Jesus.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour You are!